disable

UK [dɪsˈeɪb(ə)l] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "disable":
present tense I/you/we/they disable he/she/it disables present participle disabling past tense disabled past participle disabled
1) to stop a machine or piece of equipment from working properly

Pressing the red button will temporarily disable the printer.

2) to harm someone so that part of their body or brain no longer works normally

a disease that can kill or disable the young


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  • disable — adj. (Québec) Fam. C est pas disable: c est extraordinaire. C est pas disable comme il est beau! …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • disable — UK US /dɪˈseɪbl/ verb [T] IT ► to turn off a part of a computer system, or stop it from working in the normal way: »To disable a program or device, right click its listing under the appropriate category and choose Disable …   Financial and business terms

  • Disable — Dis*a ble, a. Lacking ability; unable. [Obs.] Our disable and unactive force. Daniel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disable — dis·able vt dis·abled, dis·abl·ing 1: to deprive of legal right, qualification, or capacity 2: to make incapable or ineffective; specif: to cause to have a disability dis·able·ment n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Disable — Dis*a ble (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disabled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disabling}.] 1. To render unable or incapable; to destroy the force, vigor, or power of action of; to deprive of competent physical or intellectual power; to incapacitate; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disable — mid 15c., from DIS (Cf. dis ) do the opposite of + ablen (v.) to make fit (see ABLE (Cf. able)). Related: DISABLED (Cf. Disabled); disabling. Earlier in the same sense was unable (v.) make unfit, render unsuitable (c.1400) …   Etymology dictionary

  • disable — cripple, undermine, *weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, sap Analogous words: *injure, damage, harm, hurt, impair, mar, spoil: *maim, mutilate, mangle, batter: *ruin, wreck Antonyms: rehabilitate (a disabled person) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disable — [v] render inoperative; cripple attenuate, batter, blunt, damage, debilitate, disarm, disenable, disqualify, enervate, enfeeble, exhaust, hamstring*, handicap, harm, hock*, hogtie*, hurt, immobilize, impair, incapacitate, invalidate, kibosh*,… …   New thesaurus

  • disable — ► VERB 1) (of a disease, injury, or accident) limit (someone) in their movements, senses, or activities. 2) put out of action. DERIVATIVES disablement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • disable — [dis ā′bəl, dis′ā′bəl] vt. disabled, disabling 1. to make unable, unfit, or ineffective; cripple; incapacitate 2. to make legally incapable; disqualify legally SYN. MAIM disablement n …   English World dictionary

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